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Oregon Advent: Day 3
Willamette Valley Vineyards Bernau Block Pinot Noir 2012

by Nannette Eaton on December 3, 2014

“It’s nice to have a lot of money, but you know, you don’t want to keep it around forever. I prefer buying things. Otherwise, it’s a little like saving sex for your old age.” ― Warren Buffett

Oregon Advent Willamette Valley Vineyards 5 copyright EatonAlive 2014

What to get a wine lover for Christmas? Invest in Willamette Valley Vineyards. Often people buy wine as an investment, but at Willamette Valley Vineyards, not only can you buy the wine, but you can also actually literally invest in Willamette Valley Vineyards, listed on NASDAQ as WVVI and it closed today at $5.94, up 3.3%.

Where you might scoff and say, “a corporation making wine?” the founder Jim Bernau, sees a community owned winery. Willamette Valley Vineyards has been a leader in sustainable business practices, the winery was the first to use corks that are certified to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards, which is a significantly higher cost, but Bernau views it as a reflection of the values of the community shareholders. The Oregonian quotes Berbau saying, “Wine enthusiasts took a leap of faith to help me build a world-class winery in Oregon, I made them a promise and will work hard to keep it.”

The Willamette Valley Vineyards Bernau Block Pinot Noir 2012 was released in May, and we recommending you buy it, but hold on to it for awhile, you’ll be rewarded, we promise. If you have to drink it now, open it today and decant it, and let it sit for 20-30 hours before serving. Trust us, you’ll thank us later.

What to food to serve with it? We think the perfect pairing is Venison Salad and Pinot Noir Syrup, the leanness of the venison with freshness of the salad with the richness of the wine sauce will make you reach for another glass of the pinot noir. The music match for this one is the winner of the annual Willamette Valley Vineyards “Why I Love Oregon Pinot Noir Contest,” David Meyer, who reworked the 1937 classic by Rodgers & Hart “Where or When” as an ode to his love of pinot noir.

The details: 13.9% alcohol. Cork closure. Appellation: Willamette Valley. Varietal: pinot noir. Retail price: $55. This was an editorial sample provided for the Oregon Advent project.

Photo credit: EatonAlive ©2014
Video courtesy of Willamette Valley Vineyards ©2014
Styling: Zalto Burgundy wineglass on loan from the Wine Monger.

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Thank You’s and Credits
How to Create Your Own Wine Advent Calendar
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Oregon Advent: Day 2:  Fossil & Fawn Pinot Gris 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 3:  Willamette Valley Vineyards Bernau Block Pinot Noir 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 4:  Kramer Vineyards Celebrate! Müeller-Thurgau Sparkling 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 5:  Repeal Day Special Edition: Volstead Vodka
Oregon Advent: Day 6:  Siduri Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 7:  Elk Cove Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Gris 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 8:  Cornerstone Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 9:  Brandborg Oregon Gewurztraminer Umpqua Valley 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 10: Lange Estate Three Hills Cuvée Chardonnay 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 11: Adelsheim Vineyards Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 12: Domaine Drouhin Oregon Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 13:  Argyle Vintage Brut 2011
Oregon Advent: Day 14: Lumos Pinot Noir Temperance Hill 2012
Oregon Advent: Day 15: Cowhorn Spiral 36 2013
Oregon Advent: Day 16: Mouton Noir Oregogne 2012
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Oregon Advent: Day 18: Union Wine Co. Underwood Pinot in a Can